Kinda depends what roadblock you’re at. You’re coming up to Herracross and you might wanna use a diamond for all the upgrades but if you can’t get to Herracross yet without the need of a +5 or megastart than yeah grind gold, sure. Still, you’re probably better off grinding safaris and skill points in special stages if you can.

I personally grind coins out through survival mode. This strat was always under appreciated or met with skeptism when I brought it up before with the Shuffle community on Reddit but I really want to document my success with it again.

So long as you can on average get to about level 50 (Deoxys), Surival Mode will always be a more rewarding AND consistent way to grind coins.

Let’s break this down:

- Assume that Meowth will net you on average 320 coins per heart, based on getting a match of 4 + beating the stage.
- So for three hearts, you should earn 960 coins.
- Survival mode rewards 20 gold per stage cleared. If you clear up to 49 stages and lose to Deoxys, you earn 980 coins.
- For three hearts and under these assumptions, survival nets more coins AND experience orbs too!

Under these assumptions, survival is a clear winner. There are still a lot of factors at play missing here, though. Let’s factor in worst-case scenarios first. With Meowth, you are far from guaranteed to a 4 match of gold to score the 300 coins. There’s a 3/8 chance out of every disruption to not spawn any coins, so even if you play perfectly, there’s about a 14% chance both disruptions proc rocks so you only earn 120 gold total. This is somewhat alleviated by the 12% chance the first disruption procs 2 coins, which

*could *get you 520 coins if you make the match of 5. But the real worst case is that you mess up, either killing Meowth too early or not at all, and you finish the stage with nothing. I’ll still give your skill the benefit of the doubt that you can pull off 320 reliably, but at least from my experience this was easier said than done as messing up or getting flatout unlucky happened way more than actually getting 520 gold.

Getting no coins per heart is the possible reality you facw with Meowth, but does the goose egg exist with survival mode too? Not really, given you have the time to complete the run and nothing glitches out. Out of all my runs with an optimal team, I can only count a few times where I’ve lost before Deoxys; all at or soonafter Mega Medicham. If this does occur, you will have earned at least 780 coins, lowering your winnings to 260 coins-per-heart. Compare this to a Meowth run where one time you only get a match of 3: your winnings for three hearts would be 760 coins. This means that even in survival modes’s worst case scenario, which in my experience has been far less likely, survival mode still nets you more coins+ rewards; best case scenario, you can even earn a skill cookie!

So I really only think Meowth is worth it if you dont have an optimal team for survival yet or you dont have the time / hearts for a survival run. Otherwise, you’re almost always better off doing survival to get more coins.